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Women's Roles in Technical Innovation

ISBN: 9781853393075
This book highlights the broad range of expertise that exists in rural areas. The book first gives a brief account of women's indigenous technical knowledge, and its extent. It goes on to explore women's role in the innovation process and how technical innovation has conventionally ignored this.
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  • Synopsis
    Women's indigenous technical knowledge and innovative solutions to problems are in evidence across the whole range of food cycle technologies. This book highlights the broad range of expertise that exists in rural areas. The book first gives a brief account of women's indigenous technical knowledge, and its extent. It goes on to explore women's role in the innovation process and how technical innovation has conventionally ignored this. This argument is illustrated through case studies and lessons; and the book ends with guidelines for development practitioners working with women.
  • Table of Contents
    PREFACE vii
    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS viii
    INTRODUCTION ix
    1 Local technical knowledge 1
    Keepers of knowledge 1
    Low status of people's knowledge 1
    When 'people' are 'women' 3
    Why have women been ignored? 3
    2 Technological change and innovation by women 5
    What is innovation? 5
    Why has external innovation failed? 5
    Why are outsiders needed? 7
    Recent attempts to support innovation by women 7
    Grassroots women also innovate 8
    3 Case studies 9
    Section I: Women's local knowledge 10
    Fermented foods in Sudan 10
    Moringa oleifera seeds as natural water coagulants, Sudan 14
    Fermented milk in Kenya 17
    Milk production and processing in Nigeria 18
    Traditional food storage in Kenya 19
    Fruit preservation in Sri Lanka 20
    Smoke in Sudanese women's culture 23
    Potato production in the Andes 25
    Section II: Women's local technological innovation 27
    Cassava processing in Luwero District, Uganda 27
    Nkejje fish in Lake Victoria, Uganda 30
    Salt extraction in Sierra Leone 33
    Women potters in Kenya 37
    Survival skills of Tonga women in Zimbabwe 41
    Soybean daddawa in Nigeria 45
    Assmi production in Sri Lanka 46
    Section III: External support to women's local technological innovation 48
    Utilization of soybeans in West Africa 48
    Soy mishti in Bangladesh 49
    Mechanical cassava graters in Nigeria 50
    vi WOMEN'S ROLES IN TECHNICAL INNOVATION
    Indigenous vegetables in Kenya 52
    Shea butter extraction in Ghana 55
    Women's milk production in the Bolivian Andes 60
    Livestock production in Peru 61
    Women squash producers in Zaire 63
    4 Lessons learned from the case studies 67
    5 Guidelines for development practitioners 75
    Appendix I: Contacts 78
    Appendix II: References 84
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    Number of Pages 96
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